NEW PROPOSAL DEADLINE: NOW SUNDAY 28 APRIL
Exhibitions are FREE for University of Melbourne students
Come and talk to us about your ideas for solo, group, and curated exhibitions, and performances, events and talks for the George Paton gallery. We welcome ideas from all students from all departments of the University of Melbourne.
We want to give you the best chance to have your exhibition in our GPG program. For this reason we offer:
- Free exhibitions
- Feedback on your application draft – before you submit it – so it can be a strong as possible
- Support meetings and advice for your show
- Assistance with the promotion of your show
- Mentoring of emerging curators
- Curatorial Award of $500 per semester, other awards, grant advice and other opportunities
GEORGE PATON GALLERY EXHIBITION PROPOSAL INFORMATION
Established in the mid 1970s, The George Paton Gallery was the first institutionally supported experimental art space in Australia, and provided a model for Australia’s subsequent centres of contemporary art. The Gallery’s exhibition programs have forecast emerging trends in alternative practice, new and hybrid media, the phenomenon of the curator, and the return of painting.
Since 1994, the gallery has focused on student exhibitions, with many past and recent exhibitors finding success both in Australia and overseas. The George Paton Gallery provides a supportive environment for students, artists and curators to gain experience in exhibition practice. Please come and talk to us about your ideas for an exhibition in the GPG.
Student applicant exhibitions run over two weeks for a total of eight days, with installation taking place from Sunday to Tuesday prior to the exhibitions’ commencement on Wednesday. Rather than the traditional exhibition opening event, the George Paton Gallery hosts a Closing Event on the final Wednesday evening of the exhibition, from 5-7pm. Through this, we hope to encourage a different approach to the exhibition time line, inviting performative, cumulative and time-based approached to the exhibition. Exhibitors need to keep in mind that the exhibition is open to the public from the first Wednesday, but the work can change, mutate, or accumulate over the exhibition. The Closing Event can then function as the culmination of the exhibition.
The George Paton Gallery is located on the second floor of Union House, University of Melbourne in Parkville. Union House is located on the University of Melbourne map at E 15.
Map – University Campus, Parkville
The George Paton Gallery has two gallery application rounds per year, one each academic semester.
LATE APPLICATIONS: The gallery does not accept late or out of round applications.
BEFORE YOU APPLY
We strongly recommend that all potential applicants for exhibitions make an appointment to come and speak to us about their ideas for an exhibition. This often proves highly advantageous to the applicant, allowing the gallery coordinator to give you advice on your application and also it allows us to ‘speak to’ your application at the Gallery Selection meeting.
The George Paton Gallery only accepts online proposals.
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Proposals are to be emailed to gpg(at)union.unimelb.edu.au
THE GEORGE PATON GALLERY APPLICATION FORM INCLUDES
- Exhibitors details
- Exhibition rationale and description
- CVs for each participant (no longer than one A4 page per exhibitor)
- List of Visual Material submitted including: title, date, media and dimensions of your images or video works.
- PowerPoint with Visual Material to be saved as PDF(See above for PowerPoint template)A maximum of 12 jpeg images for a solo exhibition and 20 jpeg images for a group exhibition and/or web links for video and audio works – up tp six minutes in total
WHO CAN APPLY
Broadly, we are looking for quality exhibitions that engage with both audiences and the gallery space. Applications for solo and group exhibitions are open to:
- Curatorial students
- School of Art students
- All other students from all departments at Melbourne Uni who have an idea for an exhibition or workshop suitable for the gallery
- External practitioners in the visual arts
- Recent graduates and alumni
- Emerging and established artists, performers and curators.
University of Melbourne Students:
Entrance Gallery: FREE
Main Gallery: FREE
Both Galleries: FREE
Entrance Gallery: $400 per exhibition
Main Gallery: $650 per exhibition
PAYMENT OF EXHIBITION COSTS
Exhibitors who are not current students at the University will need to pay a 10% deposit for their exhibition upon signing of their exhibition contract. The balance of the Exhibition Costs is to be paid when collecting the keys for their show – a week prior to their exhibition.
(NB: hiring rates are per week. Technical support is available upon request at an additional charge. This service is through AV@Melbourne)
- BenQ SH9515 Full HD Data Projector: $60 per week – 4 available
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- Flat screen Monitors: 24 inch $40 per week – 2 available 32 inch $50 per week – 2 available
EXHIBITION INSTALLATION AND DEINSTALLATION
Exhibitions run for 8 days with installation taking place from Sunday to Tuesday prior to the exhibition opening to the public. Exhibitions are open to the public from Wednesday at 11am with the Closing Night event taking place on the last Wednesday night from 5-7pm.
De-installation takes place on the Saturday following the last day of your exhibition. You will need to pay a $50 key deposit and bond, which will be returned to you on condition that the gallery is left in the condition you found it in.
GALLERY MINDING: THIS IS IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR AN EXHIBITION
If you are successful in your application for an exhibition at the George Paton Gallery, you will be responsible for the minding of the gallery for the duration of your show. The gallery will need someone attending to it for 8 days from the first Wednesday to the final Friday from 11am to 5pm each day. Us a guide, the exhibitor/s in the Entrance Gallery are responsible for minding the gallery for 3 days and the exhibitor/s in the Main Gallery are responsible for 5 days.
GPG EXHIBITION SELECTION MEETINGS
Because of the quick turn around between application and exhibition, we hold a Selection Meeting one week to a fortnight following the application deadline. Applicants are notified regarding the outcome of the meeting within two weeks of the selection meeting (within 3-4 weeks of the application deadline).
Each semester there are six exhibitions with exhibitions held in both the Entrance and Main galleries of the GPG. The first semester program runs from February to May and the second semester program runs from July to October/early November.
Please contact the Arts Programs Coordinator on 8344 5418 or email gpg[at]union.unimelb.edu.au if you have any queries regarding our exhibition program.
EXTERNAL HIRE/OUT OF PROGRAM EXHIBITIONS
The George Paton Gallery is occasionally available for hire out of academic semester teaching weeks. Bookings must be made at least three months prior to the exhibition and hire fees for all out-of-program exhibitions begin at $100 per day. Please contact the Arts Programs Coordinator for details and bookings.